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By Keith W. Whitelam

The Invention of old Israel exhibits how the background of old Palestine has been obscured by means of the hunt for Israel. Keith W. Whitelam argues that historical Israel has been invented by way of students within the photo of a ecu country nation. He explores the theological and political assumptions that have formed examine into old Israel via Biblical students, and contributed to the big community of scholarship which stated pointed out as 'Orientalist discourse'.
Keith W. Whitelam's groundbreaking research argues that Biblical students, via their conventional view of this quarter, have contributed to dispossession of either a Palestinian land and a Palestinian earlier. this can be vital examining for historians, biblical experts, social anthropologists and all people who are drawn to the historical past of historical Israel and Palestine.

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In impression, Palestinian historical past, quite for the 13th century BCE to the second one century CE, has now not existed other than because the backdrop to the histories of Israel and Judah or of moment Temple Judaism. it's been subsumed in the social, political and, principally, non secular advancements of old Israel. the quest for historical Israel, during which I contain for shorthand reasons moment Temple Judaism, has fed on extraordinary highbrow and fabric assets in our universities, schools of theology, divinity faculties, theological faculties, seminaries, and departments of archaeology, rather within the united states, Europe, and Israel. a short look through the prospectuses and catalogues of those associations will show a variety of classes at the heritage and archaeology of old Israel carried out within the context of the research of the Hebrew Bible from Jewish and Christian views. this is often simply as precise in ‘secular’ universities with departments of non secular experiences instead of schools of theology. curiously, and revealingly, i've been capable of become aware of only a few classes at the heritage of old Israel in departments of historical past or historic background. apparently historic Israelite background is the area of faith or Theology and never of historical past. the place, then, will we locate classes at the historical past of historic Palestine? definitely, there's increasingly more classes on Palestinian archaeology in departments of Archaeology, rather within the united states. they've got emerged from the usually sour debate over the life of ‘Syro-Palestinian’ archaeology instead of ‘biblical archaeology’ encouraged by way of W. G. Dever. 2 however the background of 12 ancient Palestine, it kind of feels, doesn't fall less than the area of both Theology or background in our associations of upper schooling. In influence, as an instructional topic it sounds as if to not exist: it's been silenced and excluded by means of the dominant discourse of religious study. The marginal nature of historical Palestinian historical past may be illustrated via connection with the wonderful bibliography of the main histories of Israel and Judah which appears to be like at the start of Hayes and Miller (1977: xxv-xxix): in an inventory of a few sixty-five authors and works relationship from the eighteenth century to the past due 20th century CE, there are just titles which take care of the background of Syria and Palestine (Olmstead 1931; Paton 1901) instead of the background of Israel, Judah, or the Jewish/Hebrew humans. it truly is this domination by way of theology, its political and cultural implications, which we needs to pursue so as to know the way Western scholarship has invented historic Israel and silenced Palestinian background. three unlike this marginal nature or non-existence of historical Palestinian historical past, we would examine the pursuit of and invention of ‘ancient Israel’. bible study has been ruled from its inception by means of a priority for the historical past of old Israel because the key to figuring out the Hebrew Bible. it's been of primary quandary for Christian theology on the grounds that Christianity is conceived of as a faith established upon revelation inside of background.

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